Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Win an Ice Cream Maker from Hamilton Beach)



I found something I can’t cook. It’s rather distressing to tell you the truth. Usually, I can muddle my way through any recipe, and the result, while not pretty, generally tastes pretty rocking.


But, I cannot seem to make ice cream.


I have been dying for an ice cream maker, and so Hamilton Beach Canada sent me this one.


Hamilton Beach Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Maker

Hamilton Beach Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Maker


Isn’t she pretty?


I was in 7th heaven. I had visions of incredible chocolate chili ice cream dancing through my head. I was going to make the ultimate in healthy, low fat, low sugar coconut milk concoctions with a variety of herbs from my garden.


Blurp. Nope.


Machine, it’s not you, it’s me. I’m hopeless. I’m an ice cream consumer, not an ice cream creator.


(I did manage to make, after several aborted tries, this watermelon sorbet. It was pretty yummy, but not up to professional snuff, probably because I didn’t use a recipe.  Puree 6 cups of watermelon & strain. Add 1 cup of coconut sugar, the juice from 1/2 a lime, and some chopped mint if you want. Place in ice cream maker drum and follow directions to freeze. Eat immediately or it will freeze hard as a rock. Or, find another recipe online that will actually turn out good enough to serve to company.)


Really easy, no cook watermelon sorbet

Really easy, no cook watermelon sorbet


LUCKILY, I have a friend who is a chef. His name is Chef Marcus. And HE can make ice cream. Like with a vanilla bean and some other shizzle he told me to buy. Wow, homemade vanilla ice cream tastes really good. Especially when someone else who isn’t me makes it. I told my Chef Marcus that he can come over any time and make ice cream with my ice cream maker. He was slightly disappointed that the ice cream maker wasn’t going home with him.


But, you can have one go home with YOU. Just enter below. PS Chef Marcus is NOT part of the prize.



Just for you, Chef Marcus’s Sexy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

You’ll need:
2/12 cups Heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk (2 % will do)
2 Bourbon Vanilla Beans (other other vanilla beans)
1 cup granulated sugar (we actually used coconut sugar as I was out of white sugar, and it gave the ice cream a unique taste)
8 egg yolks
What you’ll do:
Mix cream, 1 cup of milk, split vanilla beans (seeds & pod), 1/2 cup of sugar in a small saucepan. Heat and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. In Whisk the egg yolks and other 1/2 cup of sugar together, then slowly whisk in the cream mix. Add the last 1/2 cup of milk, then heat the mixture again on low heat until it begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and refrigerate at least 12 hours or overnight (as per machine instructions). Follow directions on ice cream maker to freeze.

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